The growing concerns in some of the societal groups over the transgenic technology in the agricultural business motivated the organization of the workshop on “Crop Ferality and Volunteerism.” Volunteerism and ferality are known phenomena in agriculture, and with good agricultural practices, their negative impact on productivity and on the ecosystems could be significantly minimized. Both have attracted more attention today in the dawn of the transgenic era. The fears of gene flow from transgenic plants to wild among some ecologists and mostly among different non-governmental activist organizations supported the idea to answer for these anxieties based on our best scientific knowledge. The main constraint is that until the transgenic era it was hard to follow properly. Due to the strict regulation, it is also almost impossible to obtain permission to study the transgenic gene flow in field conditions, and to obtain statistically significant data for risk assessment and risk management. This is a Catch 22.
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- Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)